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Petit Family Murders – Defense Lawyer Insults The Family Again

09/30/2011

Painful testimony continued this week in the murder trial of Joshua Komisarjevsky.  For three days jurors have heard graphic details about the autopsy findings on Hayley, 17 and her sister Michaela, 11, both died of smoke inhalation.

We now also know Komisarjevsky did far more to Michaela than he told police. Forensic biologist, Joy Reho testified that an anal swab showed evidence of semen – in direct contradiction to what Komisarjevsky and his lawyers maintain.

Yesterday, the autopsy testimony on the death of Jennifer Hawke-Petit was presented.  Jennifer was raped and strangled, but died before the house being doused with gasoline and set ablaze.

Just prior to the testimony on each of the autopsies, Dr. William Petit and family members left the courtroom to avoid listening to the gruesome details, prompting Komisarjevsky lawyer, Jeremiah Donovan to call for a mistrial.

Jeremiah Donovan

On Thursday morning Donovan called it a Petit family “stunt” to impress the jury and claimed it was highly prejudicial to his client. He also asked the Judge to prohibit any further ‘stunts’ by the family and argued there was no need for them to walk out – they knew disturbing testimony would be presented.

Donovan repeated the mistrial motion in the afternoon and Judge Jon Blue denied the motion both times.

Outside of court, William Petit, Sr. said, “I can’t imagine that they would expect us to sit through that kind of testimony.  I don’t want to remember my granddaughters and my daughter-in-law like that.”

After additional crime scene investigation testimony today, it is expected the prosecution will rest and the defense will begin their case on Monday.  The defense case is expected to last a week.

Frankly, I am appalled by the cruelness and nastiness Donovan has exhibited toward the Petit family throughout this case.  I doubt his behavior is helping his client or winning points with the jury!

My hope is that God continues to grant the Petit and Hawke families the strength to carry-on with the grace, dignity, and courage they have shown.

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  1. 09/30/2011 at 8:40 am

    Donchais, I’m receiving your emails, but they’re blank. I have to look you up to reply and read your new post.

    As for this case and these defense attorneys, I’m beyond disgusted. It sickens me to think these creatures will get appeals. There should be no appeals when this kind of evidence is presented. They’re (in this trial, he is) guilty of an heinous crime.

  2. ritanita
    09/30/2011 at 8:49 am

    “On Thursday morning Donovan called it a Petit family “stunt” to impress the jury and claimed it was highly prejudicial to his client. He also asked the Judge to prohibit any further ‘stunts’ by the family and argued there was no need for them to walk out – they knew disturbing testimony would be presented.”

    Donovan is a real piece of work. It’s too bad the jury didn’t hear what he said. It would have been the final nail in JK’s coffin. Fact is, just because JK was there and took part in the “home invasiion gone bad” is enough to give him the needle.

    Donovan is THAT desperate.

  3. donchais
    09/30/2011 at 8:50 am

    Hi Maria! Thanks for the heads up, I will notify WordPress!

  4. donchais
    09/30/2011 at 8:58 am

    ritanita, Donovan sickens me!

  5. kas
    09/30/2011 at 5:57 pm

    Oh yes, Mr. Donovan. How terribly……uncivilized of the Petits’ to react in such a way to finding out your client anally raped an 11 year old.

    Thank goodness you and Cheney Mason aren’t directly competing for camera time. There can only be one true Champion of The Underdog.

  6. tezi
    10/13/2011 at 10:17 pm

    Donovan is almost as disgusting as his client.

    I’d vote for the DP and want to be there when it is carried out if I were a juror on this case.

    This case has given me nightmares. I can’t imagine how Dr. Petit lives through each day.

    Thanks donchais for your work covering this case.

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